ISP, Enterprise Data Concerns Merge at ISPCon

Security services, disaster recovery and network performance products are useful for ISPs and enterprise networks alike.

With the bright line between enterprise network access and end-user Internet access fast fading, vendors are reaching out to service providers and enterprises to address growing concerns about security, reliability and bandwidth use and to encourage improved network management.

FarStone Technology Inc., a maker of disaster recovery software in Irvine, Calif., next week will launch a new version of its technology aimed at service providers.

RestoreIT xSP, to be unveiled at ISPCon in Baltimore, was originally developed for enterprise use, offering a way to recover data damaged by viruses, spyware or computer errors.

Expansion into the service provider market makes the recovery software not just a tool for data protection but also a revenue generator and differentiator for providers.

Increasingly, users are turning to their providers for security tools and services, and with RestoreIT xSP, they can recover deleted and overwritten files and damaged data.

Perimeter Internetworking Inc., a managed security services provider in Milford, Conn., this week will roll out updated versions of its Security in the Clouds service, which includes intrusion prevention, traffic control and malware defense for enterprises and service providers.

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Version 4.0 of the gateway technology includes testing processes that not only rule out known unacceptable traffic but also adapt and evolve as new threats emerge.

For enterprises, the technology allows security efforts to extend beyond on-site equipment and prevents threats from getting through to the enterprise infrastructure.

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For providers, it offers a cost-effective way to resell security services to their users. Providers can install a device at the user site or connect to the Perimeter network, where malicious traffic is blocked for them.

As chair of the computer science department at Saint Josephs College in Rensselaer, Ind., and operator of a small ISP, Brian Capouch sees the network from all sides. Performance problems at both locations typically stem from viruses and worms.

"At the ISP, we deal with customers upset about sluggish performance and we have to go back and tell them its on their computer," Capouch said.

To optimize bandwidth usage and improve users online experience, Artera Group Inc. at ISPCon is launching a free Internet accelerator called Rev The Web. The system relies on data compression to speed surfing.

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